Jeff Sessions says DOJ will ‘protect the rights of all transgender persons’

Yesterday, DOJ Pride, a group of LGBTQ people and supporters in the Department of Justice, announced that they would be holding an event to honor DOJ employees and a student who has worked to fight for LGBT equality.

The move was read as a rebuke against Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s actions this year, which included rescinding Obama-era protections for transgender students. The student that DOJ Pride is honoring – Gavin Grimm – would have had his case to use the appropriate bathroom at his public school heard by the Supreme Court if Sessions had not rescinded those protections.

Yesterday, at a staff meeting, a DOJ intern asked Sessions about how the White House and the DOJ haven’t acknowledged Pride Month. He responded by citing the DOJ Pride event positively.

“We are going to have a pride group, in this very room, I think next week, I believe it is, and so that’s perfectly appropriate, and we will protect and defend and celebrate that — and protect the rights of all transgender persons.”

He went on to say that he has asked the civil rights division of the DOJ to look into the murder of a transgender person.

“For example, I received a letter expressing concern about the sudden transgender persons who had been killed, and concern about it, and so I, first thing, directed the civil rights division to look into those … to see if there was any uniform attack, or if there was just a uniform hostility that would result in these murders, and to review each one of those cases that were sent to me. And they have done that, and I think it’s possible that they’re going to re-open one and solve it, as a result of that.”

He didn’t name the victim and the DOJ did not say who the victim was when later asked.

In addition to rolling back protections for transgender students…

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